By far the most thrilling thing to come out of the big NBC scheduling announcement Wednesday was the news that our beloved “Friday Night Lights” will return with 13 new episodes next season. Wow. Clear eyes, full hearts, we really did win! NBC has engineered a unique deal with DirecTV wherein the sat provider will air the episodes first in the fall, with NBC airing them beginning in February. More to come on this later on Season Pass.
The other news was not so exciting. “ER” is back for another year, limping to its long overdue conclusion at the end of next season. Listen, I’m the biggest “ER” fan out there; I’ve never missed an episode. But this show is really a shell of its former greatness and should have been put out to pasture at least a year ago. I will still be there for every episode but it will continue to be a chore and no longer a joy, as it was for about 12 seasons. What? I’m going to stop now after 14 years?
“The Office” spinoff was met with mixed reaction here at Season Pass. It could be great, it could feel like a ripoff. And, God forbid, it could dilute the mojo of the original. It remains to be seen. More on “The Office” at Cynthia Littleton’s On The Air blog.
As for the new offerings… you tell us. I will, of course give each of these shows a fair shot by viewing the pilot before forming an opinion. But at first glance, there’s nothing on the list that follows that engenders the least bit of anticipation for me. I don’t see a lot of new Season Passes for my Tivo coming out of this bunch.
— Kathy Lyford